The project implementation units of the Emergency Agricultural Livelihoods and Climate Resilience Project, has donated over twelve thousand dollars worth of inputs to six institutions in Dominica in an effort to further cultivate a stronger interest in small-scale agriculture.
The inputs were officially handed over on January 14, 2021, to the Roosevelt Douglas Primary School, St Luke’s Primary, Kaleb John Laurent Primary, Kalinago Barana Aute, the Center where Adolescents Learn to Love and Serve (CALLS) and the Ministry of Environment.
Addressing the ceremony, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Kyra Paul Ph.D. said the provision of inputs to schools and organizations would give a boost to the backyard gardening project which was started by the ministry in 2020.
“We expect that over 500 beneficiaries will take advantage of the high-quality inputs that we are making available such as agrochemicals, organic manure and tools and of course other supplies as is visible,” Paul said.
She emphasized the importance of youths being engaged in projects at the national level to ensure sustainability.
“So the provision of inputs to schools is a means by which we are promoting the adoption of good agricultural practices and nutrition at the foundation level which is our schools and our homes and our communities,” the PS stated. “Furthermore, the exposure of our students at the schools to agriculture will promote entry into the field by engaging our students and communities to support the continued growth of the sector. This is one of our strategies for taking agriculture scale success to a much wider scale.”
Paul said the World Bank-funded Emergency Agricultural Livelihood and Climate Resilience Project not only provides assistance to commercial farmers but also improves community access to agriculture inputs with a hope of increasing our local food stock as well as decreasing our import of foods that can be grown or processed on the island.